Higher education in Holland is known for its high quality.
This quality is guaranteed through a national system of regulation and quality assurance.
High rankings, low cost
11 Dutch research universities rank among the top 200 universities in the world according to the Times Higher Education World university rankings 2020. Dutch higher education also has reasonable tuition fees.
Two types of higher education
In Holland you can choose between two types of higher education:
- research-oriented education, offered by research universities;
- higher professional education, offered by universities of applied sciences.
There is a 3rd, smaller type of education designed especially for international students. This is offered by institutes for international education.
Both research universities and universities of applied sciences can award a bachelor's or a master's degree.
You first obtain a bachelor’s degree and you can then continue to study for a master’s degree. After completing a master’s programme you can start a PhD degree or PDeng degree programme.